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A lot of you let me know that you really enjoyed my post on making baby food the lazy way.
I loved sharing the information and hearing about how y'all were encouraged to make your own baby food.
What Toddlers Eat: One Week of Meals
And now… enough time has passed that I'm starting to get questions about feeding a toddler.
And since I happen to own have one of those, I decided to record the meals I served her for one week and share them with you.
I am not a doctor or nutritionist. I'm just a mom who's trying to feed her kid the best way she can on a limited budget.
I managed to photograph nearly every meal/snack I made for her (with the exception of a few meals we ate outside of the house).
Please keep in mind that my daughter is an Eater. She's rarely picky and ALWAYS hungry.
So we easily feed her 3 meals a day plus 3-5 small snacks.
All meals are accompanied by whole milk and we have several sippy cups of water around the house all day for her to drink (we do not serve her soda or juice) plus she's still nursing 3-5 a day.
Hard boiled egg (she loves the yolk – not so much the whites), plums slices, and shredded whole milk cheddar cheese.
Leftover beef strogenoff, strawberry slices, peas (with a dab of butter).
French fries and honey mustard chicken wings (the meat taken off to eat) at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Shredded whole milk cheddar cheese
Annie's Homegrown Bunny Graham Friends
Raw shredded coleslaw veggies (this is one of those pre-shredded packs form the grocery store without anything added)
Cut-up grapes and dried mango
Scrambled eggs with sauteed spinach and feta cheese and apple slices.
Annie's Homegrown Totally Natural Shells & Real Aged Cheddar Mac & Cheese with peas and sauteed coleslaw mix and cut-up grapes.
Thai food – spring rolls and egg rolls + sauted mushrooms, red peppers, and white rice.
Dried cranberries, cut-up string cheese, and cut-up grapes
Annie's Homegrown Bunny Graham Friends and sliced banana
Dried mango and shredded whole milk cheddar cheese
Whole Wheat Mini Waffles, hard boiled egg, and plum slices.
Leftover Annie's Homegrown Totally Natural Shells & Real Aged Cheddar Mac & Cheese with peas and plum slices.
Grilled lamb, red peppers, and zucchini with Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, Whole Grain Medley Quinoa & Brown Rice.
Granola bar and tangerine
Dried mango, string cheese, and dried cranberries
Scrambled eggs with feta cheese and cut-up strawberries and pears.
Chicken fetticini alfredo and apple slices.
Whole Wheat pasts with roasted tomato, shrimp, and feta.
Dried cranberries, dried pineapple, and whole wheat crackers
Cut-up grapes, cut-up string cheese, and lentil crackers
String cheese and tangerine slices
Scrambled eggs with feta cheese and cut-up strawberries and bananas.
Leftover beef strogenoff, mixed vegetables, and cut-up grapes.
Chinese chicken and broccoli and Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, Whole Grain Medley Quinoa & Brown Rice.
Dried cranberries and cut-up string cheese
Tortilla strips, plum slices, and whole milk shredded cheddar cheese
Whole wheat crackers and dried mango
Egg, potato, and chorizo taco.
Annie's Homegrown Totally Natural Shells & Real Aged Cheddar Mac & Cheese and peas and pear slices.
Salsa and chips, Mexican beans and rice, and chile verde chicken enchiladas.
Dried cranberries and lentil chips
Cut-up grapes and whole milk shredded cheddar cheese
Dried mango and NurturMe Yum-a-Roo's Caribbean Crop Baby Snacks
Whole Wheat Mini Waffles, peanut butter, and banana slices.
McDonald's french fries, chicken nuggets, and apple slices.
Leftover chicken fettuccine Alfredo and cut-up grapes.
Cut-up string cheese and granola bar
Dried mango and NurturMe Yum-a-Roo's Caribbean Crop Baby Snacks.
That's An Average Week Of Toddler Food
Wow. So that's what my kid used to eat in an average week.
I say “used to” because, after looking back through the photos/meals, I made some adjustments to her menu.
Specifically, I added more veggies and protein.
For veggies, I now offer her a fruit + vegetable food pouch at least once a day.
I also made up a veggie packed marinara sauce from my favorite baby food cookbook that I mix with whole wheat pasta or offer as a dipping sauce.
I added protein (for my not a big meat eater) by making sure that a few of those fruit + vegetable food pouches are the kind with Greek yogurt mixed in.
I also make a point to stick spinach in anything I can.
One more note, I do offer my daughter a lot cheese but she doesn't have digestive or constipation issues so I'll continue to do it.